Information About Samuel - Leeds teacher
This is how 2 referees rated Samuel:
“Fantastic!” - BBC Radio 3
“Masterful” - Kenny Burrell
“Very tasteful playing .” - Guitar International Magazine
Samuel is a distinguished flamenco concert recitalist, composer and educator who learnt his craft as a one to one student of the internationally acclaimed guitarist Juan Martín. He has performed in concert halls across the UK, Europe and North America and has also performed and been interviewed on BBC Radio 3. He is a celebrated composer of original flamenco works and three of his solo compositions were recently featured in the film 'Lost in London' directed by Woody Harrelson.
In addition to Samuel’s busy tour schedule he is also a highly respected flamenco educator. For five years he held the permanent teaching post of Course Leader for Flamenco Guitar Studies at the Instituto de Cervantes (the Spanish government’s international institute for language and culture) and previously taught guest lectures and master classes at: Cambridge University, The University of Leeds, International Guitar Foundation events and at Juan Martín’s flamenco guitar summer school in Ronda (Spain).
Samuel's teaching experience is extensive. For five years he held the permanent teaching post of Course Leader for Flamenco Guitar Studies at the Instituto de Cervantes (the Spanish government’s international institute for language and culture) and has previously taught guest lectures and master classes at: Cambridge University, The University of Leeds, International Guitar Foundation events and at Juan Martín’s flamenco guitar summer school in Ronda (Spain). Alongside this, Samuel regularly teaches one to one students on a freelance bases in Leeds as well as teaching digitally via Skype.
“Samuel is an excellent guitar teacher. His impressive training and rich experience has given him a deep knowledge of the flamenco guitar, resulting in much positive feedback from his many students.” - Instituto de Cervantes
“An inspiring workshop! Three young guitarists and a dozen members of the audience were guided through the history and musical intricacies of flamenco. Their one hour session was concluded with a spirited performance from both the Guitarists and, acting as the percussion section, the Audience.” - The University of Leeds
"Undoubtedly the most informative and engaging workshop I’ve ever attended delivered with a commanding knowledge of subject and deep understanding of the mysteries and techniques of flamenco music and culture. Samuel’s clarity in teaching method challenged and engaged us all fully throughout the evening linking authentic and powerful guitar techniques to the classical guitar repertoire, not to mention a buzzing atmosphere. His generosity in leaving us all with a comprehensive booklet of his material used was greatly appreciated as was his closing video demonstration for participants to take away. Many thanks Samuel for a wonderful evening." -The West Yorkshire Classical Guitar Society
“Teaching flamenco is not an easy task because of the complex rhythms and different right hand techniques required. I have been very lucky to find an engaging and enthusiastic teacher in Samuel . I have enjoyed his classes immensely. He is always thoroughly prepared and has a relaxed and encouraging teaching style with clear teaching objectives that build the student's understanding step by step with precise instruction to ensure a firm foundation for future progression.”- A One to One Guitar Student
Samuel exclusively teaches flamenco guitar and has developed many approaches to make this challenging genera accessible to students. He is happy to take on students who are new to flamenco as well as help advanced players refine there knowledge and skills. One to one lesson are available with Samuel both in person and online via Skype. In addition to the lessons themselves, Samuel also regularly provided his students with detailed handouts to use as learning resources.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Leeds College of Music (2013) - BA Music (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Leeds College of Music (2010) - BETEC Nation Diploma, Music (College) (✔ On File)